COOPERSTOWN – It was a rare sight: The chairman of the village’s Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board jousting with two historic preservationists.
But that’s what happened this evening, as H-PARB chair Liz Callahan raised concerns that the renovations planned by Kim and Jack Alverez to restore 13 River St. would be out of character with the historical neighborhoods.
The couple own Landmark Consulting, a preservation and design firm in Albany.
In the end, the H-PARB voted, 3-2, with Callahan and board member Joe Festa in the minority, but not before a lively discussion ensued.
At this hour, more than 100 citizens are gathered in Village Hall’s third-floor ballroom, where the Cooperstown Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board is considering an application for a Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskins Robbins co-branded shop at the corner of Main and Walnut streets, just up the street from Cooperstown Elementary School. One of the first speakers, top, was CCS school board member Anthony Scalici (with wife Sydney seated next to him), who contended the pink and orange building seemed like a classic example of “spot zoning”. (Behind Scalici, from right, are citizens Marion Carl, John Davis and Dan Naughton. Visible seated at left are H-PARB members Brian Alexander and Joe Festa.) But Zoning Enforcement Officer Jane Gentile advised Scalici the plan meets all set-back and other zoning provisions. Inset, H-PARB board member Roger MacMillan began the meeting by outlining the responsibilities of the H-PARB board, which is concerned with projects fitting in with the character of a neighborhood, not standard planning and zoning issues. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Teresa Drerup, the founding chair of the village’s Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board, has advised Mayor Jeff Katz she is resigning, he confirmed this afternoon.
“It’s a loss,” he said. “She’s great. She’s a pro. I’ve always respected her. I think she’s done a great job.”
The mayor said Drerup and her husband, Kurt Ofer – the two are partners in Altonview Architects – are moving out of the village to a home they’ve owned for some time in the Town of Middlefield. H-PARB members are required to live in the village.